Focus RWANDA DRC GREAT LAKES Issue dated 17/05/2021

DRC wants back in driver's seat on coltan

Tired of seeing coltan from its Kivu and Tanganyika mines processed and re-exported by its neighbours, Kinshasa plans to create facilities and smelters to process the ore on site. The initiative comes amid a warming of relations between the DRC and Rwanda, the country through which most of its coltan passes. [...] (1200 words)
A miner holding coltan in a mine in Rukunda, Masisi territory, North Kivu province, DRC.
A miner holding coltan in a mine in Rukunda, Masisi territory, North Kivu province, DRC. © Goran Tomasevic/Reuters
Tired of seeing coltan from its Kivu and Tanganyika mines processed and re-exported by its neighbours, Kinshasa plans to create facilities and smelters to process the ore on site. The initiative comes amid a warming of relations between the DRC and Rwanda, the country through which most of its coltan passes. [...] (1200 words)
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